A great week!

2013 design & glasspainting workshop in Vermont – such a productive and enjoyable week! Thanks to Linda Zochirack for these photos.

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The first two days were spent learning design via Powerpoint presentations and hands-on drawing. Working from reference material they’d chosen or brought with them, each student made a cartoon (full-size black & white shaded drawing), a cutline (a working drawing that looks a bit like a dressmakers pattern), and a thumbnail sized watercolour sketch to help with glass selection.

As I keep on saying, successful stained glass is a marriage between art and structure; between colour, line, imagery, and lead. This first part of the workshop is for creative decision-making, for working all this out on paper first. I showed students how to draw a traceline that is a fresh, creative interpretation of their drawing/photo and how to design a panel from separate pieces of glass with leadlines.

Everyone pretty much accomplished this by the cut-off time, 4pm Tuesday, and the evening was spent furiously cutting glass. Since I’m not teaching fabrication I don’t mind if students cannot cut. Either I’ll do it, or another student will help. I’ve taught this workshop many times and it always seems to work out OK, everyone has a panel ready by the end of the day.

The rest of the week was spent painting glass. On Weds, specific instruction on mixing, slaking, thinning and applying glasspaint with a whole variety of tools and techniques, plus group exercises and demos. On Thursday, Friday and Saturday, students worked on their own projects. Scroll through the folder to see what was accomplished. A successful six days’ work all round!

As requested, I have updated my Resources page with info about tools, materials and suppliers. There’s also a link to my Notes for Students. More? Watch glass painting demos in real time on my Vimeo page and the whole process of making a stained glass panel in these two video shorts Menfolk Part 1 (6 mins) and Menfolk Part 2 (8 mins). Enjoy!

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